I really liked the protags, but I thought the secondary characters were flawed. How can James just accept the whole faerie thing? It just didn't seemI really liked the protags, but I thought the secondary characters were flawed. How can James just accept the whole faerie thing? It just didn't seem realistic. I mean what's realistic about faeries? Nada, but I just can't suspend ALL of my disbelief. But over all I really liked it and I'll continue on with this series. ...more
Wondrous Strange is a really good example of YA urban fantasy. Urban fantasy is a relatively new genre. Set in a contemporary setting it mixes faeriesWondrous Strange is a really good example of YA urban fantasy. Urban fantasy is a relatively new genre. Set in a contemporary setting it mixes faeries/fantasy and modern/urban settings. It brings fantasy to the here and now.
I connected with the Kelley & Sonny. I enjoyed their interactions as two young people in love. Despite their unusual circumstances their conversations felt natural and real. The plot was simple, but well thought out & the characters motives were believable (not an easy feat in this genre).
I had a personal hang up with some of the creatures mentioned. Livingston brings in the magical creatures hinkypunks and boggarts. I can't help but relate them to the Harry Potter series. I know Rowling didn't invent them, but the association is permanent in my mind. Initially it brought me out of the story, but eventually I was able to look past it. This is not Livingston's fault, but I selfishly wish she would have chosen other creatures for my own sake. (Darn you JKR! You continue to permeate my life post HP!)
I’m not sure if this is a series but I would like to read more from Lesley Livingston. I really enjoyed the reading experience and I look forward to more from this debut author. ...more
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Fragile Eternity picks up where Wicked Lovely & Ink Exchange left off; mainly following**spoiler alert** Cross-posted from my blog - E.M.Reads.
Fragile Eternity picks up where Wicked Lovely & Ink Exchange left off; mainly following Aislinn, Seth, Donia, Keenan, and Niall with a few other characters coming to the forefront – namely Bananach & Sorcha.
Spoilers start here.
The conflict involves Seth being unable to exist in Aislinn’s world because he’s not immortal and Keenan needing Aislinn’s affection, but still being in love with Donia. In order to give Keenan some real competition Seth must become immortal and faerie. Keenan won’t help him because knows that an immortal Seth would put him in eternal competition for Aislinn’s affection. Niall won’t help him because he doesn’t believe Aislinn can eternally resist Keenan’s affection and Seth would end up heartbroken for the rest of his eternal life. All good reasons…
So Seth must seek help of the High Court and Queen Sorcha. He goes to bargain with Sorcha for immortality and leaves Aislinn uninformed. Sorcha finds affection in Seth and agrees to make him faerie with a catch – that he remains with her 1 month out of every 12. The trick is that 1 month in Faerie is like 6 months outside the realm. So as Seth is becoming all faerie-ish Aislinn is abandoned for 6 months. Keenan doesn’t immediately capitalize on Seth’s absence, but eventually Aislinn wants to be made happy and turns to Keenan for help.
We end with Seth coming back as a faerie ready to fight off Keenan; Aislinn glad he’s back, but confused about her new bond with Keenan; Keenan upset that Seth is back and heartbroken that he neglected Donia to bond with Aislinn in Seth’s absence.
Spoilers end here.
I like the story although as a genre I’m a little weary of faeries. Their precocious conflicts become tedious after a while. I stick with this series because I love Niall and Seth. I think they’re very interesting characters and they really carry this series.
Melissa Marr is a writer that likes to challenge you with language and prose. You can tell she really thinks about each and every word. That definitely puts her a cut above the rest in the YA world, but sometimes I feel like she’s trying to force you to use a dictionary. Learning new vocabulary is a good thing, but incorporating obscure words when a simpler word would work better isn’t. It pulls you out of the story.
The world building in this series is very interesting. You have detailed faerie courts, alternate planes, and many other social dynamics that suck you in. But there’s one thing I don’t like about the courts – the “flygirls” in the background. Apparently all of the courts have some sort of lesser faerie that exist only to fawn affection on the regents. It’s bizarre and I don’t think it adds to the plot. At one very tense point, Niall’s abyss girls shimmy in the back ground. Odd? Yes. Pointless? Even more so.
In conclusion, I really like this series. I think Fragile Eternity is my second favorite so far (#1-Ink Exchange, #2-Fragile Eternity, #3-Wicked Lovely). On its own I give Fragile Eternity 4 stars. I’m looking forward to the others in this series and whatever else Melissa Marr writes.
Raven Blaise is a not-so-normal baker in a world that is changed by series of wars and where humans coexist with Others (werewolves, zombies, demons,Raven Blaise is a not-so-normal baker in a world that is changed by series of wars and where humans coexist with Others (werewolves, zombies, demons, vampires, magic handlers, etc.). Raven loves the light and is thus nicknamed Sunshine. Sunshine is unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is captured to be fed to an imprisoned vampire, Constantine.
Sunshine is imprisoned with Constantine by his enemy, Bo. The unlikely pair develops an “honor among thieves” relationship. Con spares her life and through her untrained magic handling they escape together. They need each other and their mutual survival depends on it.
Normalcy after their escape is impossible. Bo and his subordinates track Con and Sunshine and they are forced to kill or be killed.
I have to compliment McKinley on her character development and world building in Sunshine, but I felt like it was a little wordy. Some of the environmental and secondary character details could have been removed. The first person POV is very tedious and I feel Constantine is neglected and under developed. I would have liked to known more about him.
In McKinley’s new war torn world, she introduces a Special Others Force (SOF) that absolutely servers very little purpose but takes up pages and pages of text. I wonder where she was going with it? The SOF storyline just seems to flare up and end without ever accomplishing anything. Was it gratuitous detail? I think so.
I do appreciate that McKinley treats vampires in the way a “ration human being” should. Sunshine is rightly afraid of Constantine. It’s a different take on the current fiction trend which tends to send humans running into the arms of their vampire killers. Sunshine develops a bond with Con, but he isn’t human and though there is love and friendship. Coexisting is strange and abnormal - McKinley appropriately conveys that relationship.
I did enjoy reading this book, but I couldn’t plow through it. I was disappointed with the unnecessary minutiae, but overall I’m pleased to have read Sunshine. ...more
I really, really loved the end to the Mortal Instruments Trilogy. I appreciate an author who knows how to plot our 3 500+ page books and make it work!I really, really loved the end to the Mortal Instruments Trilogy. I appreciate an author who knows how to plot our 3 500+ page books and make it work! All 3 books in the trilogy are fast paced and exciting. The world building is awesome, too. I know several people are weirded out by the Clary/Jace romance, but you must know all of that gets cleared up.
I give this book 5 stars for ass kicking excitement and an awesome ending. ...more
I really liked this book. I'm not upset about the ending (as others appear to be). Not sure why it doesn't bother me, but I have a lot of faith in theI really liked this book. I'm not upset about the ending (as others appear to be). Not sure why it doesn't bother me, but I have a lot of faith in the trilogy. These characters will gets what best for them.
I'm pretty hard on the new ya urban fantasy writers because they create in a rush of flowery language & stock characters. But I think Clare is one of the better writers out there. Her language isn't pretension and the characters connect. She creates a sense of reality while employing archetypal characters and situations - that's hard to do.
I don't think there's a completely original literary thought left in the universe, so I don't mind typical characters (Hodge, Valentine) if they are well written. Clare does a good job. ...more
I liked this book. I think it shows great imagination, but can be pretty dark. I like dark, but the depth of the dark descriptions was sometimes a litI liked this book. I think it shows great imagination, but can be pretty dark. I like dark, but the depth of the dark descriptions was sometimes a little pretenious. I didn't fall in love with the characters, they were a little flat. I thought it was entertaining and worth my time....more